Harold Gene Brumbaugh was last born into a large family of six kids to Loyal David and Harriet Persis Brumbaugh on June 6, 1934 in Penokee, Kansas. He was last to be born and last to leave, the last survivor of the family. This large family worked hard and had very little and every member worked to help. Gene did not know they were poor, everyone struggled and had to work hard. Gene remembered Uncle Arlo visiting the family and bringing apples from Idaho. Everyone was amazed at how big Idaho apples were. In May 1948, the family decided to move to Idaho and settled on a small farm in Roswell. Once again, everyone worked hard and Gene got to experience the potential of a better life that came through hard work.
While in high school, he met, dated and married the love of his life, Roberta Frances Arnold. She was a beautiful, dedicated and wonderful woman who provided the stability and foundation for Gene to pursue the better life. They bought a farm near Notus and in the process of building that better life, raised four children; Linda Landis, Sheila Marchbanks, Harold Dean Brumbaugh and Roy Brumbaugh. Gene worked long, hard hours and had a knack for finding property, adding value and selling for gain.
When all the children grew up and moved on, Gene and Roberta sold the Notus farm and settled down on a ranch near Cascade, Idaho. Gene could never stop working or taking on projects and so he purchased a small piece of dry land in Sand Hollow, Idaho. For the next few years, he built a barn, a house, drilled a well and made a beautiful farm out of nothing. Gene was most pleased and very proud of this project. He continued to work hard and bought a farm close to his childhood home in Kansas. Roberta began to decline in health and in 2003, died in the Sand Hollow house that Gene built. The family buried her in Roswell and Gene lost his foundation of 50 years.
He married and divorced several times after that, but never found the comfort and love that Roberta provided. Gene pressed on but declined in health, struggling with high blood pressure. He lost the battle on October 21, 2017, but moved on to that better life he worked so hard for. Gene leaves a legacy of hard work and achievement.
Gene is survived by his four children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. His family continues to benefit from his example.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 27th at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell with burial to follow at Roswell Cemetery, Roswell. The family will begin receiving friends from 1:00 p.m. for viewing and visitation prior to services. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com